Six weeks of squares have been completed. Here’s today’s:
It represents the year’s shortest night in the Northern Hemisphere, just before the Summer Solstice today. Oddly enough, it is also #42.
Serendipitously, that is the answer to Life, The Universe, and Everything. which seems appropriate. (I did not plan this. Never underestimate the power of coincidence.)
I did fuss with this one a bit more than most of the others. I tried out a bi-coloured background but it looked a bit busy and less consequential.
I decided to go with a solid colour background. Ultimately I also reversed the position of the bottom two inlay squares.
Here are the pieces from the rest of the week.
Sometimes the colour choices relate very directly to something around me. This is a morning view out my studio window.
Since the seventh anniversary of this blog is approaching, I have been doing research in preparation for posting a celebratory project. The image below shows a planisphere.
I will be posting a printable DIY version with instructions on July 4, the Sunday preceding the blog’s July 7 anniversary.
In other sky related news:
This is a map of the ‘canals’ of Mars.
You can read about the work of American astronomer Percival Lowell in Alien Aqueducts: The Maps of Martian Canals, an article from The Public Domain Review.
From the Getty Research Institute:
In collaboration with Yoko Ono, the Getty Research Institute and the Feminist Center for Creative Work will join more than 50 arts institutions around the world to present a live 24-hour video streaming of the sky via Zoom to audiences at home in celebration of the Solstice and Strawberry Moon Eclipse.
This event is inspired by Yoko Ono’s second conceptualization of Sky T.V. in 1967 for the Lisson Gallery, which she described as “a T.V. just to see the sky. Different channels for different skies, high-up sky, low sky, etc.” SKY T.V. 1966 (furniture piece) was a video sculpture described by Ono as “a closed circuit T.V. set up in the gallery for looking at the sky.” It broadcast a live video feed of the sky from above the building where it was installed—a way to bring the sky inside, even if a space lacked windows.
At a time of profound revolution and reflection, restricted travel but great desire for connection, we seek to draw upon Ono’s invocation of the sky as a space of generative possibility and renewal as well as a territory beyond the reach of capital and ownership.
Or you could just go outside from time to time and look up.